This article provides an excellent summary of how tyranny has advanced, nibble by nibble, in recent years. Now, the nibbles are getting bigger as they are chewed and swallowed at an apparently increasing pace.
How did it happen? How could this administration think it would get away with persecuting and silencing those who disagree with its march to power? The time-honored template of the dictatorial impulse is no secret. Tyranny always progresses a bite at a time. Caesar cast his eye about the known world, coveted what he saw, and began nibbling away. Nobody stopped him. Hitler sank his teeth into a nation here, a nation there and looked around for reaction. Nobody cared enough to do much about it.
Here, the exploratory nibbles have become extremely ambitious through the past four-plus years until now they’ve escalated to bloody chunks. But there were warnings. Only four months after Obama’s inauguration, the Department of Homeland Security issued a “threat assessment” fingering “rightwing extremism” as a danger to the nation. Remember? This official warning to law enforcement officials says “rightwing extremism in the United States” includes groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority, and “may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as immigration or abortion.”
It’s not only the IRS now.
The good news is that at least some people are beginning to understand at least some of what has been happening and many of them — perhaps for first time in recent memory — do not like it. According to a CNN poll reported today,
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s approval rating dropped eight percentage points over the past month, to 45%, the president’s lowest rating in more than a year and a half, according to a new national poll.
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“The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
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The president also dropped 10 points among independent voters, from 47% last month to 37% now, with Obama’s disapproval among independents jumping 12 points to 61%.
According to Rasmussen today,
47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) now disapprove.
Strong approval vs. strong disapproval are shown in the chart below.
Now the question is, what will the Obama Administration try to do about this dangerous turn of events? Surely, the apple cart cannot be allowed to be overturned just because the apples are showing more signs of rot. Additional obfuscation piled upon more conflicting statements and distractions (see Red Line in Syria, for example) often work. I wonder, however, whether there is much that will be effective this time in restoring the level of trust in Government that President Obama, Inc. needs to peddle its wares. Only a few days ago on May 5th, President Obama said
“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices are also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
If those voices are in fact being listened to more attentively, the trust so desperately needed by Obama Administration to further its increasingly disliked agenda may be unraveling a bit faster and more furiously. Possibly, this time more obfuscation piled upon additional conflicting statements and distractions will not work. Maybe the nibbles will turn out no longer to be easily digested and the resulting flatulence will become sufficiently overpowering to precipitate a change in diet, perhaps even a weight loss regimen.
Before getting too optimistic, let’s remember that the water is shallow, there are lots of dangerous shoals around and that careful navigation — perhaps even more careful — is needed.
Increasingly, as the concentric circles of perfidy swirl around the White House like filthy water down a drain, there is tyranny. The government we pay for has turned on us, the body politic, as if it were a savage autoimmune disease attacking our most vital tissues. That is, our Constitutional right to express our views as free citizens without the hounds of IRS hell on our heels.
How did it happen? How could this administration think it would get away with persecuting and silencing those who disagree with its march to power? The time-honored template of the dictatorial impulse is no secret. Tyranny always progresses a bite at a time. Caesar cast his eye about the known world, coveted what he saw, and began nibbling away. Nobody stopped him. Hitler sank his teeth into a nation here, a nation there and looked around for reaction. Nobody cared…
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